Local author Thomas R. Baker will present material from his book, The Scared Cause of Union: Iowa in the Civil War, published in November 2016 by the University of Iowa Press, at the Muscatine Art Center. Guests will learn about the unique place Iowa holds in Civil War history, meet Mr. Baker, and have the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of The Sacred Cause of Union. The program will be held on March 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Art Center’s Music Room.

Although the Musser House continues to be closed for facility upgrades, the staff at the Muscatine Art Center is busy preparing for holiday events. The annual event, Sunday with Santa, is set f...

Peanuts… Naturally


showing at the Muscatine Art Center


from November 10, 2016 through February 26, 2017


Charlie Brown is in trouble with the En...

About the Iowa Art Pottery Association


Over 30 years ago, Mark and Marie Latta began a hobby that turned the couple into fervent collectors, occupying their free time and consuming the free space in their home. The Latta’s col...

Children and their moms (or grandmothers, aunts, neighbors) are invited to celebrate Mother’s Day with a special party in the Framed: Step into ArtTM exhibit at the Muscatine Art Center. The afternoon of Saturday, May 7th will be filled w...

The Muscatine Art Center invites the public to an Illustration workshop for kids, with guest instructor Claudia McGehee, on Saturday, April 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please RSVP by April 28, 2016.  Space is limited. All supplies will be provi...

The Muscatine Art Center invites the public to a free Family Day on Saturday, February 20 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. February’s Family Day ties into the current children’s exhibit Framed: Step Into Art™. Children will have the opportunity to...

Walk into the world of art and get an interactive experience with famous art pieces. Come and enjoy a noontime meal in Grant Wood’s Dinner for Threshers, climb into a tent and explore camping gear in John Singer Sargent’s Camp at Lake O’Hara...

Carlinville, IL (December 29, 2015) - This Fall, Prairie Farms gave back even more to their school partners through a back to school promotion, Caps 4 Kids. The promotion was a simple and easy way for schools to raise even more money through Prairie Farms charitable giving program, Our Caps Your Cause. From September 16th - October 31st, each milk cap redeemed was worth 10 cents instead of 5 cents for all participating Our Caps Your Cause education organizations. As a result, over 62,000 bonus caps were awarded - that's $3,100!

During the promotion, the top five schools with the most votes won an ice cream social and 5,000 additional bonus caps.

On December 21st, 440 students at Eisenhower Elementary School in Davenport, Iowa gathered to celebrate their win and enjoy Prairie Farms ice cream.

"Our Caps Your Cause has been a huge benefit to help aid in the purchase of a new set of Google Chromebooks for the school. Our students will be able to learn and have fun using this new technology. Mrs. Easton's 2nd grade class felt a sense of pride and excitement for a job well done by going out and asking parents, staff and others to vote for Eisenhower Elementary during the Caps 4 Kids Ice Cream Social contest. We did it!" said TOP Lead WATCHDOG Volunteer Eric Jackson.

Through Caps 4 Kids, the school earned 5,004 additional bonus caps.

"Caps 4 Kids was about celebrating back to school time and giving back to the education organizations that participate in our charitable giving program, Our Caps Your Cause," said Emily Hereford, Public Relations Program Manager, Prairie Farms Dairy.

"Prairie Farms employees and farm families take a lot of pride in giving back to the communities we are a part of," said Hereford. "With today's economy, local non-profit organizations have a greater need for support. Our Caps Your Cause is a simple way for families to get involved and support their favorite organization," Hereford added.

Consumers can still give back just by voting for their Our Caps Your Cause organization of choice in the Party On Give On Sweepstakes. Through the end of the year, holiday revelers can enter the online contest daily for weekly prize packages filled with hundreds of free coupons for a variety of dairy products that will help get the party going. With this campaign, Prairie Farms is giving back to charities enrolled in Our Caps Your Cause. Each week, the top 12 charities, determined by the highest number of votes from contest entries, will receive 1,000 cap credits - that's $50 for each charity. And each week, one lucky person will win the Grand Prize Package consisting of a $250 Gift Card, $100 coupons for Prairie Farms products and $250 cash to their selected Our Caps Your Cause charity!

All details of the promotion can be found at http://www.prairiefarms.com/partyon.aspx. The webpage includes a full list of organizations participating, as well as details on the sweepstakes.

About Prairie Farms Dairy

Founded in 1938, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. is one of the largest and most successful dairy cooperatives in the Midwest, with over 600 farm families, 5700 employees, 35 manufacturing plants, over 100 distribution facilities and annual sales of over $3 billion. Prairie Farms is a nationally recognized leader in the dairy industry and is known for setting the standard for milk flavor innovations and producing award winning milk and dairy products. With headquarters in Carlinville, Ill., Prairie Farms distribution footprint covers over 30 percent of the United States; products are available in grocery chains, mass merchandiser stores, club stores, convenience stores, dollar stores, drug stores, schools, food service outlets and warehouse distribution centers. Prairie Farms charitable giving program, Our Caps, Your Cause, supports a variety of non-profit organizations. Prairiefarms.com


Art History Speaker, Carol Ehlers will present "Van Gogh: Nature and the South Arles and Saint Remy, 1888-1890" on November 19, 2015. The lecture will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the Muscatine Art Center's Music Room. The lecture will feature images of Vincent van Gogh's work as well as photos from his life from 1888 to 1890. The lecture is FREE and open to the public.


Vincent van Gogh, celebrated painter, has a lifelong fascination with nature. While in Holland, he spent his youth in the country and his work would feature the birds, trees, and garden. While in Paris, he is exposed to the radical thinking of Impressionism and continues his collection of Japanese art. The art talk will focus on Vincent's time at Arles and the asylum, Saint Rémy, France from 1888-1890.

On February, 1888, Vincent moved from Paris to the Provencal town of Arles. The talk using images will focus on the natural elements. It is the blossoming trees; wheat fields; sunflowers; cypress trees; olive trees; gardens of the public, hospital, and asylum and beautiful still life flora that provide the subjects for some of his most recognized artwork. The program presents artwork showing the beauty of the country side and gardens versus portraits of Arles.

It is in Arles that Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin will create the "Studio of the South" The art talk will include details on how the sunflower series ties in with Paul Gauguin and information about their lives together while in Arles.  Learn thru the letters of Vincent to his brother, Theo van Gogh how he wanted the Sunflowers display and why he repeated some of the original flowers.

May of 1889, Vincent admitted himself as a voluntary patient to the asylum of Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint Rémy de Provence, north east of Arles. Although he had access to the outside country side, he will focus on the gardens of the asylum. In the first month, he will produced Irises, 1889.  Later in June of 1889, Vincent produced the highly charged and recognized work, Starry Night, 1889. His artwork, later documents the harvest and picking of olives.

In May, 1890, just before he checked himself out of the asylum and went back north, Vincent painted four exuberant bouquets of spring flowers: two of irises, two of roses, with contrasting colors and formats. They are among his largest and most beautiful still lives.

Vincent van Gogh drew much comfort from the beauty of nature. He believed the countryside was a sanctuary of health. Vincent's artwork during 1888-1889, provides a testament to his unwavering faith in nature and the arts.


What: "Van Gogh: Nature and the South Arles and Saint Remy, 1888-1890"

Who: Carol Ehlers

When: Third Thursday, November 19

Time: 5:30 PM

Where: Muscatine Art Center Music Room

Admission to this lecture is FREE.

Please contact Melanie Alexander, Director, with any questions or concerns at 563-263-8282 or by email at malexander@muscatineiowa.gov .

The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Go to www.muscatineartcenter.org for more information about programs and events and to download a class brochure.